Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Al Barsha will be the third early years educational setting operated by this long-established group, joining the nurseries in Jumeirah and Jumeirah Village Triangle when it opens in 2021.
Founded 25 years ago, Ladybird has established itself as one of Dubai’s best known British curriculum nursery groups for children aged between 6 months and four years. The original nursery, located in Jumeirah 1, opened in 1996, and was followed by a purpose-built, LEED Gold certified branch in Jumeirah Village Circle in 2016.
The group has now announced the launch of a new Early Learning Centre located in Al Barsha which has received academic plan approval from the Ministry of Education and is set to open in 2021. The new ELC will be located within close proximity of several schools including the American School of Dubai, GEMS Dubai American Academy and Dubai International Academy Al Barsha. The centre is a joint project with the Knowledge Fund of Dubai.
Although no detailed information or website is yet available for the newly announced Early Learning Centre, it is expected to reflect the goals of the existing two facilities.
According to the shared website of the Jumeirah and JVC units, the vision of Ladybird Nursery is 'to create early childhood learning experiences that prepare children for success in school and build a solid foundation and passion for lifelong learning. To implement the Early Years Foundation Stage standards for learning, development and care in a Montessori environment.'
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Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Al Barsha will follow the English National Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in a Montessori setting, and aims to provide an enriching and well-balanced programme of activities covering learning areas such as personal, social, emotional and creative development, communication, language, literacy, problem-solving, reasoning and numeracy.
The Early Learning Centre is aiming to meet the highest environmental and energy standards set by the US Green Building Council. The campus will be spread over 64,000 square feet and will have social distancing and COVID-19 protocols in place in accordance with UAE’s Ministry of Education protocols with, initially, a maximum of 97 children enrolled, although the eventual capacity will be 195 children. It is expected to be one of the largest pre-school settings globally.
No separate website is as yet available, but for parents interested in finding out more, details of the Ladybird Group website and contacts can be found here.
As a result of the relationship between the founders of the Ladybird group and Arcadia School in JVC, Ladybird children are given preferential admission into the school and are able to undertake the school’s assessment in the comfort of the nursery environment and without charge.
Fees for the new ELC have not yet been released. However, those of the JVC Early Learning Centre for children attending 5 days per week from 8am to 5pm are currently AED 12,600 for the first term, and AED 16,800 each for terms 2 and 3. Options for 3 and 4 day attendance and for a range of shorter hours are also available.
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